Peer Specialist – SOS Program
JOB TITLE: Peer Specialist
PROGRAM: Safe Options Support (SOS) –Team
REPORTS TO: Team Leader
SALARY: $32,000 – $34,500
A wonderful opportunity for an experienced Peer to play a pivotal role on one the Governor’s offices newly launched innovative Safe Options Support (SOS) team that that will provide comprehensive care to street homeless or subway dwelling individuals.
The multi-disciplinary SOS team will consist of a Team leader, Licensed Clinicians, Care Managers, a Registered Nurse, and a Peer Specialist. The team will support program participants in the community through the application of the highly acclaimed, Critical Time Intervention (CTI), evidence-based, model of care.
The Peer Specialist’s role will involve community outreach on the streets and subways, coordinating participants needs before and after their move from street to home, enhancing their daily living skills, accompaniment to appointments, and advocating on their behalf when faced with discrimination or healthcare inequities. Member choice, harm reduction, non-coercion, flexibility and person-centered care are essential elements of the SOS program model and should be front and center of the care delivered by the Peer Specialist.
The SOS teams will continue to follow participants for several months after housing placement to ensure their stability, independence and wellbeing in their new community. The role will require field-based work, periodic on call coverage, and a willingness to work flexible hours. On job training will be provided around CTI and regular learning collaboratives will be available to enhance the Peer Specialist’s professional development.
This is an exciting opportunity for a Peer Specialist who is looking to transform community healthcare in NYC and making long lasting, positive changes in the lives of homeless New Yorkers.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: Minimum High School Diploma or equivalent or higher. New York State Certified Peer Specialist preferred or required Completion of an internship or comparable training in peer advocacy; experience in providing advocacy services to people who are mentally ill and/or homeless. Past or current participant of behavioral health, substance services or homeless services preferred.